It’s Honokaa Western Week!

Honokaa Western Week
Honokaa Western Week starts on May 20.

The Big Island of Hawaii is open for business and the Honokaa Western Week festivities have begun. Throughout this week, Honokaa town comes to life with the celebration of its 62-year-old tradition that culminates with its annual parade, block party and 3-day rodeo. Come dressed in your spiffiest cowboy or cowgirl duds and enjoy a week of fun activities in Honokaa town, far, far away from the erupting volcanoes.

Honokaa Western Week Rodeo

It’s time for the rodeo: May 26 to 28, 2018 – Honokaa Hawaii

2014 Honokaa Western Week Parade

Everyone loves a parade including cowboys and horses. You can find all of that this coming Friday May 25 in Honokaa town.

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Gathering of Geeks & Fans

Geeks and storm troopers

Many people attended this past weekend’s 10th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet, which bills itself as “a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion that they love to share.” Geeks include coders, gadget lovers, designers, makers, artists and probably most of all, fans like you and I. There is a bit of geek in all of us.

This annual picnic was a fun, family oriented venue where people checked out an assortment of “geeky things” such as games, Star War characters, lego blocks, radio broadcasting, cosplay, coding, nerf battles, drone technology and more. It was also an opportunity to meet some interesting people and network. Interesting stuff to see if you want to have fun and just be “out there”.

Ellen from Drone Services Hawaii and a new, small drone.

What’s up with these license plates? Perhaps striking the rainbow design?

Getting ready for a nerf gun battle.

Gamers were there touting Shakesperian readings of the Star Wars story.

Look directly at the image of the sun on this clever device.

A lego fudgesicle. Fat free!

The crew from the Pacific Aviation Museum.

All photos taken on July 2, 2017 at Magic Island by Mel. More photos at The Hawaii Files page on

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Sunset From Waikiki

Waikiki Afternoon Sunset

One of the best things about living or visiting Hawaii is to take time out to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the daily sunset. My friend Lisa and I took a short walk along the Queen’s Beach promenade in Waikiki. We snapped pictures and chatted about it in our latest edition of The Hawaii Files Podcast. Listen to it while you watch the pretty pictures scroll by below. It takes a little more than a minute.

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Hawaii Files Podcast 003The podcast cover.

Waikiki Afternoon SunsetWide angle shot.

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